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Iron Pillar: Udayagiri's Marvel



  Aug 31, 2023

Iron Pillar of Udayagiri


The Iron Pillar of Udayagiri is a remarkable ancient artifact located in Udayagiri, near Vidisha, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is an intricately crafted iron pillar that dates back to the 4th or 5th century CE, during the Gupta period.
 
Key features of the Iron Pillar of Udayagiri:
 
Composition: The pillar is made of nearly pure iron and stands approximately 23 feet (7 meters) tall. It weighs over 6 tons and has a diameter of about 16 inches at the base.
 
Inscriptions: The pillar bears inscriptions in the Brahmi script, which have been subject to scholarly research and discussions. The inscriptions mention the achievements of King Chandragupta II of the Gupta dynasty.
 
Rust-resistant: The Iron Pillar's remarkable resistance to corrosion is one of its most intriguing aspects. Despite standing exposed to the elements for over a millennium, the pillar shows minimal signs of rusting, a testament to the advanced metallurgical knowledge of ancient India.
 
Architectural significance: The pillar's craftsmanship and design showcase the artistic and engineering skills of the Gupta period, reflecting the high level of metallurgical and architectural advancements during that era.
 
The Iron Pillar of Udayagiri stands as a remarkable archaeological wonder and a symbol of India's rich historical heritage.


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